LibriVox recording of Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë. Read by Elizabeth Klett.
Charlotte Bronte's classic novel Jane Eyre is narrated by the title character, an orphan who survives neglect and abuse to become a governess at the remote Thornfield Hall. She finds a kindred spirit in her employer, the mysterious and brooding Mr. Rochester, but he hides a terrible secret that threatens their chances of happiness. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett)
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Great job. Sensitive, precise and engaging. Rochester was not given voice as I would have had him but that's a subjective disagreement. Many free audiobooks tend to drone on after a while but this one pleases hour after hour.
April 10, 2017 Subject:
Could he have had a bleed in his eye, instead of a complete blindness?
November 19, 2016 Subject:
A perfect reading of an excellent book.
May 25, 2016 Subject:
Catches all the spirit of the story and the humble mind behind it
I listened to this recording in 2010, and it was my first English audio-book I listened to. Elisabeth Klett's voice left such a spectacular impression that I still have parts of the text that I had to re-listen memorised in the entirety of their sound, as if I would be hearing them in their original form every time I think of them.
["How(!) small ("smooowl!") my portion seemed!"
"St. John (Sinjhn.)" How do you even look that up?)]
This recording is a piece of art worthy of its original, and I am really glad it was the main piece introducing me to English literature.
December 30, 2015 Subject:
My favorite Reader but also enjoy Karen Savage's reading of Jane Austen novels.
I've listened to this many times and always discover things that I had not yet observes.
December 13, 2015 Subject:
elizabeth the best
ditto on all above. best reader here on the site. they should hold a readers award. she would win hands down.
September 6, 2015 Subject:
Loved listening to Elizabeth Klett reading Jane Eyre
I somehow missed out on reading Jane Eyre in high school when it seems like everyone else I knew had to, but it was worth waiting 20 years for this recording. Ms. Klett is a top notch reader. Her voice and her way of expressing the characters kept me interested and engaged for the entire story. Well done!
August 6, 2015 Subject:
The reader makes the story
I have never become so involed in an audio book before this one. I have not ever heard/seen/or read the story of Jane Eyre. I find sometimes listening to the audio books is confusing during dialog. This reader reads with such emotion and has a specifc voice for each character its like watching a movie. Thank you for taking the time to read this for others to enjoy :)
October 31, 2014 Subject:
Update Oct 30, 2014: Listened to it again. I can't praise this highly enough. Incredible stellar writing, and utterly magnificent reading by Elizabeth Klett!
I disagree with all the five star reviews. This book and reading deserves ten stars! Elizabeth Klett reads this with absolute perfection. I think this is the most superb reading I have ever heard. Absolutely perfect. Most highly recommend.
Note: There is another 5-star review for EK but it has gone astray as I noticed that it was mistakenly placed on the page of another Librivox rendition of this book, the one read by multiple readers.
January 27, 2013 Subject:
I wish you'd taught me English Lit
I had an English teacher called Mr Dolan. We ALL used to hide in the toilets for his lessons because we felt like we'd died during his monotonous renditions of these great authors. It took me 20 years to learn to appreciate them. Your students are very lucky, and so am I, now, thanks to your superb readings. Thank you :)
July 7, 2012 Subject:
Words can't explain how I love this reading of yours EK!
November 3, 2011 Subject:
Kudos to Elizabeth Klett for another excellent reading! Once again her voicing and interpretations brought the story to life. There's so much more to the story when she reads to me than I ever get out of it when I read it silently to myself.
June 8, 2011 Subject:
I love this reader
Elizabeth Klett is one of my favorite readers. This was my first Klett reading and three chapters in, I downloaded everything she has done. Jane Eyre is a classic story and Klett brings it back to life. Well Done!
April 19, 2011 Subject:
I listened to this fantastic audio book without much knowledge of 'Jane Eyre'. It has now become one of my favourite books and Elizabeth Klett's reading of the story is just flawless. I'd love to hear Elizabeth Klett record some more Bronte books but for now I'll just have to listen to Jane Eye again...and again.
January 21, 2011 Subject:
Download this version!
The other version of 'Jane Eyre' is narrated by several different readers, some of the accents are confusing, some voices are strong while others rise just above a whisper, and the females who speak Rochester's lines leave much to be desired. My intent is not to criticize that version, but to encourage listeners to pass it by in favor of Elizabeth Klett's version so as not to waste time, and in order to derive more pleasure from listening. Elizabeth has a lovely voice, melodic yet lively, and listening to her interpretation is pure pleasure. Thank you, Elizabeth, for the many hours you apparently devoted to this task. God bless.
January 10, 2009 Subject:
Elizabeth Klett gives us a wonderful, professional quality reading of this classic. Happy to report that her British accent is very creditable, even to the ears of a native speaker. Brava! (The BookWorm, Manchester, UK)
December 3, 2008 Subject:
If you've never read Jane Eyre, you should really consider to listening to this audiobook instead of buying the paper book. The first minutes of the first chapter are somehow hard to follow, but then, as you were thinking that maybe reading with your own eyes wasn't a bad idea after all, the reader voice catches up with the beat and suddenly projects you into a perfect 19th century fine environment, and you will surprisingly find yourself flowing through the tale without any apparent effort and with very much enjoyment.
Priceless are the numerous duets between Eyre and Mr Rochester for the reader seems to have a neat distinct voice for both and never fades out of character.
In a nutshell you can't miss this one out.